Cynthia B. Acree grew up in Seattle, Washington and married her college sweetheart, Cliff Acree. Circumstances separated them when Cliff joined the Marines in 1973. During the next twenty years, their paths crossed while Cliff deployed to Vietnam, Okinawa, the Philippines, and elsewhere. They were reunited in 1987 and married in 1988. They now have three children and live in Pensacola, Florida.